CELTIC MEDIA FESTIVAL
4 - 6 JUNE
Check out who's will be at this year's festival. More names to be announced soon.
Áine Walsh is Head of the Irish Language Broadcast Fund at Northern Ireland Screen.
For over 10 years Áine has worked closely with the local Irish language production sector and broadcasters to deliver Irish language content across a range of genres and to develop the local production sector. She is also responsible for a number of training programmes for Irish speakers working or seeking to work in production.
Prior to this she worked as an assistant producer and producer in UTV, working across entertainment and documentary programmes, including The Kelly Show and A Day in the Life. She also worked as a radio presenter and producer for BBC Northern Ireland’s Irish Language Unit and as a radio producer with Radio Kerry.
Born in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Alan moved to Ireland in 1984 to a teach at University College Galway. In 1989 he became a member of the start-up team for Telegael. He was appointed in 1995 to the senior management group of Teilifís na Gaeilge. Alan was a founding board member of the Irish Film and Television Academy and played a key role in the successful re-launch of TnaG as TG4 in 1999. He was appointed Director of Television for TG4 in 2000 and in 2007 returned to Scotland to help set up BBC ALBA. In 2016 Alan came back to work in Ireland to undertake the chief executive role at TG4.
A Co-Founder of CCI Entertainment and Neshama Entertainment, Arnie Zipursky is a leading entrepreneur in both the Canadian and international independent production industry. He is highly regarded for his creative vision and leadership.
Notable CCI credits include the feature documentary Sled Dogs which premiered at the Whistler Film Festival in December 2016, where it picked up Best Documentary and Best Female Director and had its North American theatrical release in New York City in July 2017 and in Los Angeles in October 2017 to rave reviews from the NY Times, The Village Voice and The LA Times; the family action-comedy feature film Undercover Grandpa(Netflix, Corus), winner of Best Feature Comedy and Best Actor at the 2016 International Family Film Festival in Los Angeles; the feature ensemble romantic comedy Another Kind of Wedding(HBO Canada,SONY) written and directed by Pat Kiely, and starring Kathleen Turner, Jessica Paré, Frances Fisher, Wallace Shawn, Jacob Tierney, Luke Kirby and Kevin Zegers, which premiered at the 2017 Whistler Film Festival.
Arnie has Produced and Co-Directed documentaries including My Opposition (which had its US premiere at the United Nations on the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht) and Each of Us Has A Name (Best Documentary Silver Plaque US Intl Film & Video Festival).
He Executive-Produced the critically acclaimed feature film/mini-series Iron Road nominated for four Gemini Awards also winner at Roma Fiction Fest. The film stars Sun Li, Sam Neil and Peter O’Toole in one of his last leading roles.
Other Executive Producer Film credits include the critically acclaimed and internationally award winning films The Ride, Anything But Christmas and If I Had Wings and the CCI documentaries Seven Days of Remembrance & Hope for Documentary Channel, Paws for Autism for Animal Planet and Living Through Dying for Discovery Channel.
Currently Arnie is Executive Producer on Lifetime Network’s V.C. Andrews’ Casteel Movie Series premiering in July 2019. Produced by Neshama Entertainment & Really Real Films.
Bill began his media career in BBC Scotland’s Gaelic Department where he was responsible for some of its most popular and critically acclaimed titles including Na h-Eilthirich (The Emigrants), Ran Dan and the multiple award-winning Gruth is Uachdar (Crowdie and Cream). He subsequently moved into producing and directing primetime TV drama including Holby City and River City, as well as working on landmark factual productions such as A History of Scotland and classic kids’ shows like Raven. In 2017 he joined MG Alba as Commissioning Editor and is responsible for scripted output including Bannan and the brand-new comedy show, Func, as well as a major overhaul of children’s output.
David Harron is Commissioning Executive for Factual at BBC Scotland. He previously worked for many indies, BBC Scotland and stv as a producer and director on arts, documentary and sports programmes for various broadcasters. His credits include Grand Tours of Scotland, The Harbour, Danny MacAskill: Riding The Ridge, The Bridge: 50 Years Across The Forth, Teenage Millionaire: The Year I Won The Lottery, Scotland’s Game, Brian Cox’s Russia and Coming Oot: The Fabulous History of Gay Scotland.
Deirbhile Ní Churraighín, a native of Donegal, joined TG4 eight weeks before the channel was launched on Halloween night, 1996. Previously, she presented and co-wrote ‘Now You’re Talking’ for BBC NI and RTÉ and wrote and presented ‘Boisíní’ for TG4.
Having worked as a fulltime in-house presenter for TG4 since opening night, Deirbhile moved to programme acquisitions in 2002 and is now a Commissioning Editor across all genres, with special responsibility for drama.
Dominic Schreiber is Global Drama Executive at leading independent drama producer and distributor, Reel One Entertainment.
Headquartered in Montreal with offices in London, Los Angeles and Vancouver, Reel One Entertainment develops, finances, produces and distributes commercial scripted programming for a worldwide audience.
Dominic was previously Executive Producer, Scripted, for Motion Content Group, where he served as EP on the Sky 1 drama The Last Dragonslayer, a co-production between Blueprint Pictures and GroupM Entertainment.
Prior to that, Dominic was International Development Manager at Channel 4, where he was responsible for developing the channel’s drama co-production strategy and helped to structure its first international co-production with Kudos Film and Television, for the hit supernatural drama series Humans.
During his time at Channel 4, Dominic built up a development slate of ambitious drama projects, including a major new adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities, from leading British screenwriter Alan Bleasdale; Rainmark Film’s period crime thriller The Frankenstein Chronicles; and Australian supernatural series The Kettering Incident.
He was also instrumental in the acquisition of the Bafta-nominated series Les Revenants.
Eddie Doyle is Head of Content Production for BBC Northern Ireland, playing an integral role in the delivery of BBC Northern Ireland’s content plans across all in-house production outside of News and Current Affairs, including factual, entertainment, comedy, music and events.
Eddie Doyle joined BBC Northern Ireland from his role as Head of Factual, Comedy, Talent Development and Music at RTÉ where he has provided leadership to the broadcaster’s in-house teams across these areas. He has been responsible for a number of Irish broadcasting initiatives including Prime Time Investigates, the Format Farm commissioning scheme and the Reality Bites documentary series. He has commissioned Comedy, Drama and Entertainment programmes such as Mrs Browns Boys, The Young Offenders, Dave Allen At Peace, Can’t Cope Won’t Cope, and The Tommy Tiernan Show. His documentary commissions, include Futureshock: Property Crash, Leas Cross, and The Notorious Conor McGregor. He devised and delivered the RTÉ Cross Platform Strategy on Comedy in 2014 and RTÉ2 Channel Strategy in 2012 and the RTÉ/Irish Film Board Export Initiative in 2017.
Emanuele is the managing director of Videoplugger, a content distribution agency based in London, UK.
Videoplugger specializes in distributing Celtic and other international language content. Over the years successfully placing Celtic content on the international arena.
With 19 years of experience in the industry, Emanuele started trading content at pioneering footage platform TVnewsweb in 2001. He then moved to LULOP, developing from scratch their commercial video news arm. In 2004 he started Videoplugger, that is dedicated to sourcing innovative, creative and original independent films, series, documentaries and rare to find footage that appeals to worldwide audiences.
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture.
Grazyna Krupa is a creative media executive with over 20 years experience in the development, production and delivery of television programs, documentaries and digital series. She oversees CBC`s Arts programming strategy and is a key member of the programming and development team for all Unscripted projects at the public broadcaster CBC. As the lead on televised and digital Arts programming for the public broadcaster, she is responsible for developing and overseeing an innovative Arts vertical: www.cbc.ca/arts, the doc series In the Making presenting an immersive journey inside the creative process, and a weekly Arts program called CBC ARTS: Exhibitionists, featuring the most surprising, relevant and provocative stories about artists from communities across Canada.
Iseabail is Director of Strategy and Partnerships with MG ALBA, which delivers the Gaelic language channel, BBC ALBA, in partnership with the BBC. She is responsible for MG ALBA’s content budget, as well as supply sector development. She has senior executive experience in commerce and broadcasting at a regional, national and international level. Iseabail’s broadcast career began at BBC News; she has been Member for Scotland on Ofcom’s Content Board and is a former board member of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
Jackie Edwards is Head of Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF), a major new pilot being delivered by the BFI as part of the UK Government’s support for distinct, high-quality content for children and young audiences to be broadcast on UK Public Service Broadcasters (PSB) channels and platforms.
The Fund is part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) Contestable Fund and assigns the BFI up to £57 million to deliver a three year pilot. Edwards will report to BFI Deputy CEO, Ben Roberts, and work on the final design and implementation of the Fund.
Edwards was the BBC’s Head of Children’s Acquisitions and Independent Animation from 2015, delivering programming for 0-16 year olds. As well as overseeing the strategy for her department, Edwards was responsible for pre-buying and acquiring live action and animated programming. She joined the BBC in 2008 as CBeebies Content Manager and later as Executive Producer, working on programmes including Tree Fu Tom, Octonauts, Bing, Rastamouse and Clangers.
Prior to the BBC, Edwards was a freelancer, working on the development, finance and production of shows for a variety of companies such as LEGO, CBBC, Three Stones Media and Mackinnon & Saunders. She started her television career in animation in 1995 as a production assistant with Hibbert Ralph Entertainment (later Silver Fox Films), going on to produce many prestigious specials and award-winning series.
As Head of Communications & Corporate Engagement for RTÉ, Joe leads RTÉ's corporate and media communications, major consumer events, corporate partnerships, corporate marketing, corporate social media, and internal comms. A copywriter, creative, producer and director, Joe has implemented dozens of major partnership campaigns and public value campaigns, and directs TV Licence Marketing. He is chair of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) Communications Directors Expert Group and a member of the Steering Group of Media Literacy Ireland, an initiative of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Joe oversees the RTÉ Supporting the Arts scheme, named in 2018 as one of the top five arts supporters in Ireland by Allianz Business to Arts. He has been nominated in the Best Brand Campaign, Best CSR, Best Irish-language Marketing and Best PR categories at the All Ireland Marketing Awards, and for Best Brand Campaign at Eurovision Connect.
Justin has been the Commissioning Executive for BBC Northern Ireland for more than six years, during which time he has been executive producer across a range of genre from documentaries, specialist factual, features, arts, obs-doc, drama as well as comedy, entertainment and fact-ent programmes.
In addition to a long list of credits for independently produced local programmes for BBC NI from all major suppliers, Justin he has delivered a number of significant projects in co-production with network BBC or other broadcasters: including BAFTA nominated Patrick Kielty: My Dad, The Peace Deal and Me, Grierson winner – Wild Ireland, other major factual projects include Border Country, Bobby Sands: 66 Days and Beauty Queen and Single Justin also oversees BBCNI’s highly acclaimed single documentary strand True North, which provides a supply line to the network strand Our Lives.
Justin also commissions and EP’s firm audience comedy favourites like The Blame Game, Soft Border Patrol and Give My Head Peace. More recently he has overseen drama talent development and production scheme New Perspectives which delivered two new local dramas Counsel and Ups & Downs.
Working with the independent sector, in-house production and co-producers, Justin runs BBC Northern Ireland’s commissioning and development slate across all general programmes and is BBC Northern Ireland’s first point of contact for the submission and commissioning of new ideas and proposals.
Karen was appointed Editor, BBC Gaeilge in February 2013. She is a member of the commissioning team for Irish Language content and is responsible for leading the Irish language in-house teams and managing output on radio, television and online. Karen has worked as series producer, director, producer and presenter on a variety of programming for television, radio and online since she joined BBC Northern Ireland in 1995. She joined the Irish Language department as television producer in 2004 and has worked on projects both in-house and in the independent sector.
Laura is a Commissioning Editor with TG4, developing, commissioning and managing a slate of factual, music, historical and entertainment projects. She is also responsible for acquisitions, complementing the indigenous content in the TG4 schedule with the best of drama, documentaries, lifestyle and films from around the world.
Prior to taking up her role with TG4, Laura was a successful and an award-winning freelance television producer and director for TG4 & RTÉ. Credits include IFTA and Celtic Media Award winning documentary, ‘Páidí Ó Sé – Rí an Pharóiste’, musical entertainment series ‘Ceolchuairt’ and the IFTA winning, ‘The High Hopes Choir’
Lís Ní Dhálaigh is TG4’s Director of Marketing & Development, responsible for leading the TG4 Marketing team, developing TG4’s strategy for nonlinear content, and devising training initiatives to develop new talent in the sector. Her team oversee the TG4 player and partner with other platforms, to ensure TG4’s content is widely available and accessible to audiences worldwide.
Llion spent 20 years as a journalist, producer and director, first with the BBC and then as a freelancer. He joined S4C as factual content commissioner in 2012 and his commissions include CMF Spirit of the Festival winners in 2013 and 2018. As Head of Content Distribution at S4C from 2016-2018 he worked internationally, co-producing with broadcasters in the Celtic countries as well as South Korea, China and Japan.
Currently Llion is Director of Content at Welsh indie Cwmni Da.
Máire Aoibhinn was recruited as TG4’s Librarian in 1996 and appointed as the Schedule Manager in 1999. Her role spans a broad range of TG4 policy making and output areas - from Scheduling, Library, Archive, Compliance, Access and Digital Asset Management to Music Copyright and TV Billings.
She has represented TG4 on a range of media forums including BAI's Archive and Access Forums, Media Literacy Ireland Network, Prix CIRCOM, Irish Juror at the Celtic Media Festival, the International Conference of Languages and the Media and Banff World Media Festival
She holds a Master’s Degree in Irish Heritage Management from University College, Cork.
During her 30 years in the broadcasting industry Margaret Mary has worked across a wide variety of programme genres ranging from children's programmes to documentaries, drama and current affairs. She has led award winning production teams and had a key role in the delivery and launch of the partnership Gaelic TV channel BBC ALBA. She is the head of the BBC’s Gaelic services, BBC ALBA and Radio nan Gàidheal and also sits on the executive board for BBC Scotland and the new BBC Scotland channel.
Michael is an experienced chief executive, managing director, board member and editor-in-chief with more than 30 years programme making experience.
He has held senior roles at national and international levels including Sky News, Five News, UTV and ITV.
He is currently the CEO of Isle of Media, the national development agency for the Isle of Man digital and creative industries. Set up as a Public Private Partnership with the Isle of Man Government to drive inward investment in Digital Media and foster the indigenous industry and talent, providing pro-bono advice to develop media projects on the Isle of Man.
More than twenty years experience within the television business. Working for both, private and public, regional and national spanish TV stations.
Commercially oriented executive with experience in the media/entertainment industries.
Have been involved in product management, finance, marketing, rights acquisition and sales and content distribution activities.
Member of Television de Galicia´s Programming team since 2009. Deeply involved with the network programming strategy from different angles: looking for innovation, originality and talent when acquiring new content. Supervising development, production and scheduling when setting new programmes and formats to be launched.
Responsible for dubbing coordination to galician language of any foreign content acquired by Television de Galicia, mainly animation, films and TV series.
Regarding new technologies and social media, working right now in a project to improveTelevisión de Galicia kids´ web and App with a 360º strategy to complete our children offer on traditional TV, in our secondary channel.
Always commited to explore new approaches to the exciting audiovisual business from a buyers’ perspective with a wide experience in international markets.
Nick leads BBC Wales commissioning across television, iPlayer and interactive platforms. He is part of the Commissioning Group which brings radio, television and online together for the first time to share cross-platform ideas and seek out bigger, bolder content.
His recent television commissions include hit crime dramas 'Keeping Faith' and 'Hidden' and factual series 'Hidden Wales', 'Back In Time To The Factory' and 'Wales: Land of the Wild'. He has also been responsible for launching BBC Wales comedy strategy green-lighting Sally Phillips mock-documentary 'The Tourist Trap' and situational comedies 'The Tuckers' and 'In My Skin'.
Head of Development at BBC Wales from 2015-2016, he previously had a wide-ranging career. His impressive track record of winning network commissions includes 'The First World War From Above' and 'Scott's Hut' for BBC One, BBC Two's 'Operation Crossbow' and he contributed to the development of BBC Three's 'The Call Centre'.
Before moving into development he was an award-winning producer-director working on commissions for BBC Wales and BBC Three.
Peter Johnston was appointed Controller (now Director) of BBC Northern Ireland in October, 2006.
He took up the appointment a month later, following the retirement of Anna Carragher who had held the post for six years.
Before that, he had been Head of Broadcasting for BBC Northern Ireland for three years.
His responsibilities in this post involved overall commissioning and scheduling of programmes and content for Northern Ireland audiences on BBC Television, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Foyle and BBC Online.
As Head of Broadcast, Peter increased the range of local TV programmes produced for BBC One NI and BBC Two NI including doubling the number of single documentaries, increasing the range of music and comedy output and introducing a number of new presenters and formats.
Programmes commissioned during this time won nine Royal Television Society awards including both Nations and Regions categories at the awards for three years in a row.
Peter also led a series of schedule changes to Radio Ulster which won seven Sony Awards during this period.
Peter Johnston was born in 1966 and educated at Ballymena Academy and Imperial College London where he completed a Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering and Management.
After leaving university in 1988 he took up a post in the marketing division of Shell International in London.
In 1991 he returned to Northern Ireland and joined Coopers and Lybrand as a management consultant.
He first developed his interests in the world of broadcasting and media management when he provided consultancy support for several of the local ITV franchise bids and an application for a Channel 5 television licence.
He left Coopers and Lybrand in 1994 and joined BBC Northern Ireland working first in audience research before becoming Head of Marketing and Development three years later.
Proinsias Ní Ghráinne is currently genre head for contemporary factual and arts / cultural programming and commissions programme in other genres.
In her 21 years working with the channel, she has worked on a wide variety of programme genres and has devised the channels landmark cultural events and schemes, most recently Gradam Ceoil (Irish Traditional Music Awards), ilDÁNA (TG4 / BAI / Arts Council fund for Arts docs) and AMHARC (TG4, BBC, ILBF arts docs fund).
As well as overseeing the production of numerous indigenous and internationally co-produced titles, she represents TG4 on EBU and other international broadcast and co-production fora.
Her most recent feature length titles ‘Song of Granite’ and ‘Rocky Rosmuc’ were oscar nominated and have gone on to win numerous international awards. Other recent titles to receive strings of nominations and awards include ‘Éire Fhián / Wild Ireland’ and ‘Cúl an Tí’.
Richard is Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Screen which has, in the last 10 years, taken the lead role in developing the film and television industry in Northern Ireland.
Under Richard’s leadership, Northern Ireland Screen developed the Paint Hall at Titanic Quarter as a film studio and used it to attract Walden Media and Universal Pictures to produce films based there. The facility has subsequently been let out to HBO’s GAME OF THRONES which has returned to Northern Ireland for its sixth season.
During his time, Northern Ireland Screen has supported the development and production of many independent films, all genres of television and a growing number of digital content projects, including HUNGER for which Steve McQueen won the Camera D’Or, Terry and Oorlagh George’s Oscar winner THE SHORE and Michael Lennox’s BAFTA winner BOOGALOO AND GRAHAM.
Richard previously worked for Waddell Media, during that time representing Northern Ireland on PACT, the Producers Alliance for Cinema & Television. He also previously worked in newspaper management and was a commercial solicitor.
Rónán has been involved in the audiovisual industry since 1995 and spent several years working with Nemeton TV, in Co. Waterford, prior to joining TG4.
He was appointed TG4’s Head of Sport in 1999. He is responsible for TG4’s sports policy, content, sports rights acquisition, commissioning sports programmes and documentaries. He oversees all live & sports highlights programming, dealing with national and international sports organisations and developing new ideas to bring into the schedule.
He has worked as a producer at the GAA All Ireland Finals, Olympic Games, Rugby World Cup, Tour de France and the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
Sam Bailey has been making radio since he stumbled into his school radio station aged 14. Student Radio followed, along with Community Radio, Charity Radio, BBC Local Radio... even Shopping Mall Radio. All of which acted as a pre-cursor to an 11-year stint at BBC Radio 1, leading digital and video projects, and commissioning documentary and factual content. Sam is now the Managing Director of the Audio Content Fund, a new initiative funded by the UK Government to finance original radio and audio production, for broadcast on UK commercial and community stations.
Sean Doyle, is Deputy Head of Features & Formats - Channel 4.
Previous to this, he was commissioning editor for Factual at Channel 5, and head of development for daytime and features at the BBC. Series on his CV include Blitz Cities for BBC1 and Michael Portillo’s State Secrets for BBC2.
Prior to that he worked in the indie sector, at Wild Rover Productions and Telegael Media Group
Siobhán is an award-winning producer/director who oversees marketing, programme acquisitions, reversioning and commissioning for TG4's ‘Cúla4 na nÓg’ and ‘Cúla4’ young people's schedule. She oversees a Pre-School Output deal, BAI funded projects and acquires content.
Siobhán was a dubbing director before moving to TG4 to manage In-house production and marketing of the Young People’s output. She has overseen the development of ‘Cúla4’, and series’ such as ‘Saol faoi Shráid’, ‘Bia Linn’, ‘Bog Stop’, ‘Aifric’ and ‘Lár Stáitse’ - a live talent showcase from Oireachtas na Samhna.
In the Independent sector Siobhán also produced projects such as CMF 2017 award winner,‘Is Eolaí Mé’.
Sioned is responsible for all children's content on S4C's pre-school brand Cyw and Stwnsh for older children. She is also responsible for Young People, Learning and Welsh learners' content.
Since joining S4C in 2012, Sioned has commissioned several innovative formats: Y Lifft was the first play along gameshow for kids in the UK, followed by Ludus and Pyramid; Madron combined animation and a digital comic app; Dwylo'r Enfys, a series introducing Makaton in Welsh; @tifiacyw twitter service for parents learning Welsh; #Fi award-winning documentary strand; multi-platform series Llond Ceg tackles kids' issues head-on; and Dyma Fi a digital youth project with crowd-sourced content, was shot over a 24-hour period, and Deian a Loli, a drama series for young children about mischievous twins who have secret super powers.
Sioned is a programme-maker with 25 years' experience. She worked at the BBC from 1990-2006 producing and directing radio, television and interactive content. She directed several episodes of All Our Lives, a landmark history series for BBC Wales and documentary series O Flaen Dy Lygaid. As a Senior Producer 2001-06, she led the award-winning multiplatform projects Come Clean, B*ll*cks, and pan-Celtic language learning project Colin and Cumberland.
In 2006, Sioned joined the independent sector and produced, developed and exec produced a host of shows such as CBBC's Stuck on Sheep Mountain and CBeebies' Alphablocks. In 2012 Sioned was a member of the group reporting on Digital Materials in Education for the Welsh Government that led to setting up the Hwb digital learning platform.
Multi award winning Producer/Director Stephen Bennett has been working in television for over 20 years. He has worked internationally on primetime commissions for BBC, Channel 4, NHK (Japan), SKY, Discovery (UK and Network) as well as a multi Emmy winning returning series for the History channel (US).
His projects are distinguished by strong characters, hard-won access and an intimate, engaging shooting style. His films consistently make Critics Choice in both the tabloids and broadsheets and provoke strong reactions from audiences.
His 'Dunblane: Our Story' was about the primary school shooting twenty years before, and featured for the first time the testimony of a survivor. In November 2016 it won the prestigious Bafta in Scotland Award for best Single Documentary.
Steve began his career with the BBC’s Youth and Entertainment Features department and went on to become a producer/director on Current Affairs programmes including Newsnight and Panorama.
In 1997 he returned to Ireland and went on to set up independent production company Mint Productions. Mint became one of Ireland’s most high profile indies, with offices in Dublin and Belfast.
As a programme-maker, his awards include those from the Royal Television Society and the Irish Film and Television Academy.
In 2009, Steve was appointed Director of Programmes for RTÉ Television, with responsibility for in house and indie-produced programming across RTÉ ONE and TWO. He also took on additional responsibility for Current Affairs during 2012.
Steve returned to the BBC at the end of 2013 as Head of BBC Northern Ireland Productions, covering local and network in-house production and the development of the wider creative economy in Northern Ireland. During his time in Belfast, the BBC negotiated two successful partnerships with Northern Ireland Screen.
In October 2017, Steve was appointed Head of Multiplatform Commissioning for BBC Scotland, working across Radio, Television and Digital services.
In his 36 years in documentary television Steven Seidenberg has been a producer, director, head of development & scriptwriter. Steven has wide experience in all documentary genres. As a producer he has worked in history programming (e.g. THE TRIAL OF GEORGE WASHNGTON, HITLER'S DEATH, and NAPOLEON'S OBSESSION all for the BBC), the sciences (e.g. A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME, with Stephen Hawking, directed by Errol Morris, creative director Steven Spielberg for ITV), as well as examinations of ethical and moral issues (e.g. HYPOTHETICALS BBC). Long before the term "reality programming" had even been invented, Steven was quick to realize the potential of the then new DVcam technology co-creating the genre-bending 12-part NIGHTS OUT AT THE EMPIRE (Channel 4) and the 26-part travel-adventure series, THE $100 TAXI RIDE (National Geographic). In 2003 his focus shifted to Asia. For eight years he worked primarily as a "preditor" (producer-editor) on various productions in Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore and Seoul where he has made programs on everything from the first Shaolin Temple in Europe to China’s first astronaut to the Forbidden City to K-pop star Rain to a 73-year-old Shanghai man’s relentless quest for a young bride. For the past nine years he has worked in Beijing as Head of International Production at LIC-BCBC China. Productions there include DEAD MEN TALKING, THE LAST LITTLE TRAIN IN CHINA, and THE BLIND MONKEY (“Outstanding Achievement in Natural History Programming”, China-Asia Rainbow awards). Co-productions with European production companies include HOT ROADS (Germany), LIFE IN THE WILD: AMAZING ANIMAL SECRETS (UK), EARTQUAKE SNAKES (Germany), WILD MENU (Spain), BRIDGES (Germany) and, of course, TIDE (Wales). In his down time he works as a consultant scriptwriter/editing director on other people’s projects. One such project was the International Emmy-winning NO BURQAS BEHIND BARS.
Ynyr Williams is Content Editor for Radio Cymru. He is also BBC Cymru's Executive Producer for all of their output from the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Executive Producer for BBC Wales on the second series of the drama HIDDEN and on the bilingual drama series BANG. He has a wealth of experience both in house for the BBC and as an indy. He produced Marc Evans' poetic cinema feature DAL:YMA/NAWR which won the Spirit torq at the Dundee Celtic Media Festival.